Strategic Planning Accomplishments 2002 -- 2003

Initiative 1: People

  • Completed report on Institutional Diversity and Equity; currently under review.
  • Implemented revised benefit structure to include different levels of health coverage based on family size; established new dental benefits.
  • Implemented phased and early retirement program for faculty on both campuses.

Initiative 2: Education and Research

  • Average SAT score for incoming Fall 02 freshman class: 1327; 65% ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.
  • Improved overall student quality and enrollment in graduate and professional programs.
  • Expanded undergraduate honors program.
  • Continued increases in research awards, expenditures, and indirect cost recovery.
  • Initiated Presidential Symposia in the areas of Urban Studies (Fall 02) and Southern Culture (Spring 03).
  • Awarded $1.4 million in Wall Fund grants to 4 projects focused on Research Infrastructure and Undergraduate Education.
  • A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane School of Law ranked in the top 45 schools (US News & World Report).

Initiative 3: Community

  • Purchased McMahon Office Building for use by the Health Sciences Center.
  • Continued to strengthen and expand new and existing strategic partnerships and alliances to promote education and research, technology transfer, and economic development in Louisiana and the region, including :
    • Gene Therapy Consortium and Online Louisiana (LSU System)
    • Center for Bioenvironmental Research and School of Social Work collaborations (Nicholls State)
    • Creole Studies Consortium (Northwestern State University)
  • Continued statewide outreach efforts, "Tulane Day at the Legislature."
  • Consolidated community service programs in one office and increased the number of students engaged, hours volunteered, and number of organizations served.
  • Developed new JYA Independent Scholar Program (2003-04) for highly qualified students.
  • Continued to build on strengths and connections to Latin America and Asia with new programs in South and Central America, China, Taiwan, et al.
  • Increased the number of national Alumni Clubs from 35 (1998) to 54 (2002); established new international Alumni Clubs.

Initiative 4. Resources and Leadership

  • Completed 1st year of implementation of Decentralized Management Center (DMC).
  • Completed review of Athletics and reaffirmed commitment to Division I-A Athletics and established future expectations for department.
  • Filled 5 key administration and academic vacancies:
    • George Bernstein, Dean, Tulane College
    • Anne Baños, Chief of Staff and Vice President
    • Cynthia Cherrey, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
    • Luann Dozier, Vice President for Development
    • Deborah Grant, Vice President for University Communications
    • Sharon Courtney, Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs
  • Raised $62M, including $5.9M for Annual Fund, with 13,882 donors
  • Began transition of Student Information System from Oracle to Matrix.
  • Named four new members to the Board of Tulane.


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